Education Is A Life Or Death Choice

From Governor Cuomo:

“I’m proposing a constitutional amendment to once and for all guarantee a woman’s right to choose in New York by enshrining the protections established by the 1973 Roe v. Wade ruling into the New York State Constitution.”

It is interesting that the governor is willing to propose a constitutional amendment on such an important issue as a woman’s right to choose yet has no intention to propose a constitutional amendment guaranteeing the right of every child to an excellent education.

The NYS Constitution reads:
ARTICLE XI
EDUCATION
[Common schools]
The legislature shall provide for the maintenance and support of a system of free common schools, wherein all the children of this state may be educated.

[Regents of the University]
The corporation created in the year one thousand seven hundred eighty-four, under the name of The Regents of the University of the State of New York, is hereby continued under the name of The University of the State of New York. It shall be governed and its corporate powers, which may be increased, modified or diminished by the legislature, shall be exercised by not less than nine regents.

That is the extent of the rights of our children to an education, all children “may be” educated, not provided an excellent education or even a proper education.

The Board of Regents is comprised of 17 members elected by the State Legislature for 5 year terms.

The Regents control education in New York and they are controlled by the legislature. The people have no say in who the legislature appoints to the position of Regent.

As we argue over the appointment of DeVos as Education Secretary, we are ignorant of who controls our State’s system of education. We are unaware of who our Regents are, who appointed them or why they were appointed.

Providing every child in America with an excellent education that is developmentally appropriate, Arts based, experiential and concentrates on discovering, developing and directing their gifts and talents towards becoming knowledgeable, actively engaged citizens is paramount to making the choice between life and death.

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